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More anomalies spotted in Mars photographs


Posted on Friday, 26 September, 2014 | Comment icon 69 comments

The 'traffic light' is on the left and the spherical rock is on the right. Image Credit: NASA
Two more unusually shaped rock formations have been discovered on the surface of the Red Planet.
Thanks to the plethora of high quality images returned by NASA's rovers, Mars has become a prime example of how the brain can be tricked in to interpreting an otherwise abstract pattern as something of significance - a phenomenon known as pareidolia.

The first of the two most recent finds is a rock formation that looks a bit like a set of traffic lights. It consists of a tall stone with several small stones spaced vertically up the side of it.
"I saw this one and I thought 'hang on, that looks a bit strange,'" said space video journalist Joe Smith who first came across the object. "I posted it on the internet and people said they thought it looked like a set of traffic lights too - although some people did say it looked like a totem pole."

The second object, a perfectly spherical rock, was found a few days earlier by NASA themselves. Scientists explained that the ball was likely to have been formed by repeated compacting and hardening - a process known as concretion.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (69)

Tags: Mars

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Comment icon #60 Posted by Merc14 on 2 October, 2014, 13:14
What if is just a few thousend of years since the life dissapeard on Mars? Scientifically what methods we use to determinate when Mars was favorable for live? As bmk1245 said, basically the Curiosity mission and a few other hard working probes. You know, the ones you keep complaining don't produce anything of interest. Maybe take a look and see what is really going on with Curiosity and its brethren and you'll see that Mars has been a dead world for at least a couple of billion years and probably longer. Lot's of water in ice sheets at the poles but no standing water in the last 2-4 billion. E... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by qxcontinuum on 2 October, 2014, 15:05
You probably have seen that i do not believe in the curent estimative tehnologies science is using. More I read online studies about the methods used ,more i am reinforcing my believes. Just recently I read on this forum about scientists pushing back the evlutionary process on Earth to 40 million years . Well if the measurements would have been accurate from the beginning this wouldn't have been required.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Merc14 on 2 October, 2014, 15:55
You probably have seen that i do not believe in the curent estimative tehnologies science is using. More I read online studies about the methods used ,more i am reinforcing my believes. Just recently I read on this forum about scientists pushing back the evlutionary process on Earth to 40 million years . Well if the measurements would have been accurate from the beginning this wouldn't have been required. I think you have a basic misunderstanding of the numbers that are being used here. The evolution "measurement" you are alluding to is indications that oxygen producing life occurred 60 millio... [More]
Comment icon #63 Posted by JesseCuster on 2 October, 2014, 17:13
I think you have a basic misunderstanding of the numbers that are being used here. I think "basic misunderstanding" is a deion of everything qx decides to interject his opinion on with regards to "anomalies" on Mars. Remember we're dealing with a guy who proposed that the groundmarks left from one of the Mars rover lander balloons was a sunburst pattern made by Martians to communicate with humans.
Comment icon #64 Posted by bison on 2 October, 2014, 17:34
Granted, that Mars isn't at all likely to have produced advanced life or a civilization of its own. This does not rule out the possibility of some object, produced by intelligence, being left on the surface of Mars by visitors to that planet. A purely geological explanation for the so-called 'traffic signal' object is also conceivable. However, images of a comparable example from Earth, of a single row of equally spaced concretions attached to a conspicuously smooth, straight-edged, vertical slab of rock have not been forthcoming. I'm not at all certain that a good case has been made for concr... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by Merc14 on 2 October, 2014, 18:41
I think "basic misunderstanding" is a deion of everything qx decides to interject his opinion on with regards to "anomalies" on Mars. Remember we're dealing with a guy who proposed that the groundmarks left from one of the Mars rover lander balloons was a sunburst pattern made by Martians to communicate with humans. LOL, I forgot about that. qx probably still believes it was/is a starburst artifact as I haven't seen him ever change course. Didn't that thread get a record number of facepalm GIFs?
Comment icon #66 Posted by bmk1245 on 2 October, 2014, 19:26
You probably have seen that i do not believe in the curent estimative tehnologies science is using. More I read online studies about the methods used ,more i am reinforcing my believes. [...] Yet, you are using various gadgets without problems. Why is that, huh? Ever heard of, for example, effective mass approximation?I hope, you don't believe in 17(or whatever number that is) virgins in the heavens waiting for you... In case you do, here is my advice: rope, soap, and old oak...
Comment icon #67 Posted by qxcontinuum on 2 October, 2014, 23:11
I think "basic misunderstanding" is a deion of everything qx decides to interject his opinion on with regards to "anomalies" on Mars. Remember we're dealing with a guy who proposed that the groundmarks left from one of the Mars rover lander balloons was a sunburst pattern made by Martians to communicate with humans. You forget to mention the fiction disclaimer part i added to those specifications...
Comment icon #68 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 4 October, 2014, 18:56
i have to say that the more i look at this "traffic light", the more it appears to me as the most peculiar and hard-to-dismiss thingy photographed on mars yet. We're being served so many blurry trick-of-light nonsense pics of ordinary rocks from there that it's easy to just shrug this one off in a kneejerk reaction. After reading bison's post i did a little research to find any geological artifact produced on earth naturally that resembles this one even approximately. Just google "concretion", and you get some pretty amazing stuff, but what i saw was mostly either spheres (which is pretty cool... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by seeder on 4 October, 2014, 19:17
Take a look at these images, and tell me, if you saw them in a Mars photo, what would you say the are? Machined? proof of high tec, and therefore, Martians? ???? Not man made! NO! nature did it....and you can find them in certain rocks They are pyrite cubes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrite Now imagine the frenzy that would sweep the net if one of these was seen on Mars! I agree the OP pic is quite interesting, but as Jacques said, knowing the size is important, while also considering that nature can make metallic cubes... so why not 'traffic light' shaped anomalies? .


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